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Sargent Cherry - Sakura (Prunus Sargentii) 5 seeds (#761)

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Sargent Cherry - Sakura (Prunus Sargentii) 5 seeds (#761)

Sargent cherry or North Japanese hill cherry is a graceful ornamental flowering cherry tree that typically grows 20-30’ (less frequently to 45’) tall with a dense, broad-rounded crown.
It is native to Japan and Korea. It is perhaps most noted for its profuse spring bloom, attractive summer foliage, fall color and shiny reddish-brown bark.
Pink flowers in 2- to 4-flowered clusters (sessile umbels) appear before the foliage in spring. Flowers are followed by small, glossy dark purple-black cherries (drupes to 1/3” diameter) which ripen in early summer.
Fruits are bitter and inedible fresh off the tree. Elliptic to oblong, glossy dark green leaves (to 5” long) with acuminate tips and serrate margins emerge in spring with a bronze tint. Foliage turns attractive shades of red in fall.
Info source: missouribotanicalgarden.org

Genus - Prunus
Species - Sargentii
Common name - Sargent Cherry - Sakura
Pre-Treatment - Required
Plant type - Tree
Vegetation type - Deciduous
Hardiness zones - 4 - 7
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
Height - 20'-30' / 6 - 9 m
Spread - 20'-30' / 6 - 9 m
Growth rate - Medium
Bloom season - April
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Pink
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Light (sandy), medium (loamy), heavy (clay)
Water requirements - Average, moist
Landscape uses - Excellent tree for lawns or streets. Specimen or group. Small shade tree.

GERMINATION INSTRUCTIONS
1. Soak the seeds in a bowl of cool water overnight. Lay the seeds on a flat surface to dry for several hours.
2. Stratify seeds in a plastic bag full of moist sand inside the refrigerator for 90 days. Keep the sand barely moist during the cold stratification period.
3. Sow the seeds the following spring once outdoor temperatures rise above 65F (+18C) during the day and 48F (+8C) at night. Or sow indoors in the propagator or pots
4. Prepare a pot for each seed. Fill 8-inch plastic pots with garden soil taken from the bed where the trees will eventually be planted. Sow one seed in each pot at a depth of 1 inch.
5. Water the seeds to a depth of 3 inches after planting them. Maintain moisture at a 3-inch depth during the germination process.
6. Place the pots outdoors in a sheltered spot where they will be exposed to direct sun in the morning and afternoon. Protect the seeds from direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day since the soil will warm too quickly and dry out.
7. Watch for sprouting one month after sowing. Maintain the same light and moisture conditions provided to the seeds during germination until they grow to 4 inches in height.
8. Plant the seedlings into a sunny, sandy bed at least 75 days before the first frost in autumn, or shelter the seedlings in a cold frame until the following spring if it is too late in the year for planting. (info source: eHow.com)

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